PKS to Remain Outside The Government

JAKARTA (29/12) – The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has reiterated its commitment to remain outside the government camp following President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s plan to implement another Cabinet shake-up.

Senior PKS politician Hidayat Nur Wahid said the recent visit of party chairman Sohibul Iman to the State Palace did not mean that PKS would join the government.

“We emphasize again that the PKS is outside the Cabinet. PKS will not follow in the footsteps of [the National Mandate Party, or PAN],” he said on Monday as quoted by

The former People’s Representatives Assembly (MPR) speaker also criticized Jokowi for not being consistent in his earlier commitment to refrain from trading ministerial posts for political support.

“Jokowi once promised to form a Cabinet that was free from political transactions. The PKS supports Jokowi prioritizing professionalism in his Cabinet,” Hidayat said.